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Series Review: ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer

Series Review: ‘The Lunar Chronicles’ by Marissa Meyer

Series Rating: 4 out of 5 stars I bought the first instalment of the Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder,¬†on a Bookshop Crawl in London in…February. I picked it up in Foyles when I was with Hanna, waved it around a bit until she assured me that […]

Review Minis: The Library Edition

Review Minis: The Library Edition

I’ve been on a bit of a library kick lately. Every time I go back to return my books, I decide to “just have a look” to see if there’s anything in that I like the look of and then I leave with at least […]

Review: ‘The Day of the Triffids’ by John Wyndham

Review: ‘The Day of the Triffids’ by John Wyndham

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars When a freak cosmic event renders most of the Earth’s population blind, Bill Masen is one of the lucky few to retain his sight. The London he walks is crammed with groups of men and women needing help, some […]

Review: ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline

Review: ‘Ready Player One’ by Ernest Cline

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars It’s the year 2044, and the real world has become an ugly place. We’re out of oil. We’ve wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty, and disease are widespread. Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes this depressing reality by spending […]

Review: ‘Echo Boy’ by Matt Haig

Review: ‘Echo Boy’ by Matt Haig

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 starsAudrey’s father taught her that to stay human in the modern world, she had to build a moat around herself; a moat of books and music, philosophy and dreams. A moat that makes Audrey different from the echoes: sophisticated, emotionless […]

Review: ‘The Humans’ by Matt Haig

Review: ‘The Humans’ by Matt Haig

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars When an extra-terrestrial visitor arrives on Earth, his first impressions of the human species are less than positive. Taking the form of Professor Andrew Martin, a leading mathematician at Cambridge University, the visitor wants to complete his task and […]

Review: ‘The Uninvited’ by Liz Jensen

Review: ‘The Uninvited’ by Liz Jensen

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 starsA seven-year-old girl puts a nail-gun to her grandmother’s neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious? As chilling murders by children grip the […]

Review: ‘11.22.63’ by Stephen King

Review: ‘11.22.63’ by Stephen King

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars WHAT IF you could go back in time and change the course of history? WHAT IF the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination?  11/22/63, the date that Kennedy was shot – unless . . . King […]

YA Science Fiction Review: ‘0.4’ by Mike Lancaster

YA Science Fiction Review: ‘0.4’ by Mike Lancaster

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars Synopsis courtesy of GoodReads It’s a brave new world.  ‘My name is Kyle Straker. And I don’t exist anymore.’  So begins the story of Kyle Straker, recorded on to old audio tapes. You might think these tapes are a […]

Review: ‘Infernal Devices’ by K. W. Jeter

Review: ‘Infernal Devices’ by K. W. Jeter

Rating:  2.5 out of 5 stars The Synopsis When George’s father died, he left George his watchmaker’s shop – and more.   But George has little talent for watches and other infernal devices.  When someone tries to steal an old device from the premises, George […]